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Ladies day 21/21.

During a small gathering to empty a barrel to make way for the forthcoming cider pressing, we received a call late on Saturday night informing us the  Chairmans’ XI had cancelled.  With a fine wicket prepared and a cake or two in hand it seemed a shame to waste a sunny Sunday.  The remnants of the team boosted by some rare appearances plus wives daughters and girlfriends gathered together and a seven a side game was hastily organised. With some a little green round the gills, we picked teams and took to the field.

Phillips’ Pie Chuckers opened with a solid partnership between Ben Law(13) and Sammy Dean (19) and the baton was ably taken up by Neil Pearman with a career best 33.  Maiden players Coral Phillips and Samantha Greet came next with seasoned players Will H (18) and Paul P cruising home to set a challenging total of 103. The pick of the bowling Al Rix 8 for 2 but Tom’s first ball since school taking out The Law was a highlight.

With the hall kitchen undergoing renovation Mrs P laid on a fine buffet spread including Rob’s delicious sausage rolls, Matt’s famous cheese and pickle sarnies and a cracking marmalade cake from the Church Fayre. All very yummy.

Colins’ Creaky Cricketers began well with Joel Phillips (8) and Tom (11) who finally fell to Neil Peaman’s first ball in several years.  Lee Mulcachy (18) top scorer and Young Josh Colins (10) proved difficult to shift.  Deanna Garriga (5) Rob Colins (9)  fell to some good bowling by the Law (9 for 2) and Sammy (11 for 2). Veterans Al Rix and Matt Hall were left to push the total of 94 with two overs to go. The pie checkers looked in trouble.  Will runs in, he bowls, Matt scoops him to leg and Samantha plucks it from the air to seal the win for the team and lady of the match for herself.

Every body bowled and all scored at least a run….A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Thanks to all who turned out.

Match Report v Wonersh

11th September 2016 at Wonersh

“Glorious September Sunshine”

Wonersh 183 for 6(35 overs) (A.Crocker 2-18, A.Long 1-22, J.Webster 1-28)

Lodsworth 98 All Out (29 overs) (A.Crocker 50 not out, P.Phillips 10)

Lost by 95 runs

Man of the Match: Arthur Crocker

Across the border into Surrey we assembled for the final away fixture of the season. Greeted by glorious blue skies, a picturesque ground, eleven players which included two debuts (Arthur Crocker and Jonah Webster) and a strip which had stood up remarkably well to the deluge of the previous day.

Fielding first in a 35 overs a side fixture against this strong side, made up mainly of twenty somethings from the local area, Messrs Long and Crocker each bowled five overs up front and the home side struggled to make more than two runs per over for the first ten.

Matt Hall came on first change and kept things tight and Jonah replaced Andy “manflu” Long and duly picked up a wicket first ball, a superb catch taken by Lee Mulcahy(contact him for all plumbing needs!). Paul Phillips (contact him for bespoke furniture making!) bowled from both ends and only had himself to blame for not taking a return catch. Fergus came on and took a wicket with just about the only straight ball he bowled but as seems regular, two good batsman with a fine partnership, held the innings together after the initial skirmishes went Lodsworth’s way.

Tea was taken upstairs in the pavilion and in the writers opinion, was the finest(and most expensive) of the season. Is it that opposing teams hear about our love of cakes and scones and hijack us with too much food every week? Well, it’s a plausible excuse for what often follows!

The batting was better than the previous week, since more application was shown but once again too many single figure scores contributed to a below par total. Only Arthur, with some splendid hitting, showed any real talent, although Rob Collins(contact him for all decorating requirements!), did hang about long enough for Arthur to reach his fifty.

A glorious afternoon, a very good spirited Wonersh side, a fighting effort from Lodsworth and although the result did not go our way, two new players were introduced and we are another week closer to Ibiza!

Match Report v Ebernoe

28th August 2016 at Ebernoe

“ Fathers and Sons”

Lodsworth 129 All Out (34.1 overs)(A.Rix 37, J.Lamb 13)

Ebernoe  130 for 7 (29 overs) (P.Phillips 4-23, T.Holloway 2-39)

Lodsworth lost by 3 wickets

Man of the Match: Paul Phillips

On a very 4 seasons in 1 afternoon Bank Holiday Sunday, Loddy took to the road and ventured to the picturesque village of Ebernoe CC.

 After many mix ups of having 9 or 14 players and getting to the ground for 1.45pm and finding the home side weren’t there, since it was a 230pm start, stand in skipper Long went out and lost the toss and Loddy found themselves batting in a 35 over game.  With 3 father and sons taking part, including 3 under 12s, it was always going to be a challenge against a very solid looking home side.

Rix and Hall opened up and after Hall ran himself out (never a run there!!) it was left to Phillips snr and Rix to steady the ship.

Phillips got 12 before being bowled and then Phillips jnr went in at number 4. Young Joel held an end up for a few overs until getting caught and bowled. In came Ol King to bat for the first time in 5 years and struck the ball well until nemesis bowler Read got him again (6 times out- his bunny). Al Rix was still in after being like a cat as had about 7 lives… Dropped, caught off a no ball, nearly run out 3 times…

After heavy blows from Gough snr, Lamb and Long, Loddy finished on 129. Also note to our other 2 young guys who batted well in the middle in Collins and Gough Jnr.

After a lovely tea, Loddy took to the field but Phillips snr and jnr had to leave early so Long and Phillips snr opened up the bowling in misty, murky conditions. PP from the pavilion end bowled exceptionally and took 4 wickets including the key scalps of Stemp and Whittington. Ebernoe were in trouble at 30-4 and this was backed up by good fielding from all especially  the youngsters, who all can show Long and Hall how to throw a cricket ball!! With newbie Toby taking 2 wickets with good pace bowling it looked like Loddy might get a victory under their belts as Ebernoe struggled to 70-7. However with only 10 men and gaps in the field it was the batsmen of the home side who batted superbly to steer them to victory without giving any chances away.

Shame Loddy couldn’t get another wicket as that probably would have been the deciding factor.

However major pluses came from the game in giving our youngsters a chance and everyone saying it was played in a sporting and friendly atmosphere. Credit to the guys from both sides.